BBC One today announces that all four coaches - Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue - will return to the second series of The Voice, to transmit in spring 2013.
The first series of The Voice UK was BBC One’s biggest new entertainment series on record with a consolidated series average of 9.2million/38.5% share. The final saw powerhouse Leanne Mitchell crowned the 2012 winner, coached by Sir Tom Jones and winning a recording contract with Universal.
The blind audition rounds for series two will be held at the BBC’s MediaCityUK, Salford, in front of a live studio audience.
Mark Linsey, Controller Entertainment Commissioning, said: “I am so thrilled that our four coaches are coming back for series two. All of them are hugely talented individuals and their immense knowledge and first-hand experience in the music industry makes it a line-up that is authentic and second to none. They care passionately about singing and all four of them will want to be the coach that discovers the next winner of The Voice.”
Moira Ross, Head of Entertainment at Wall to Wall, said: “I’m delighted that our four fabulous coaches are back for series two of The Voice. The dynamic between them is fantastic - the banter, the jockeying for position and the friendly rivalry amongst them, but most of all the respect they have for each other and the singers. All the ingredients for a great second series.”
Sir Tom Jones said: "I'm really looking forward to seeing and working with Jessie, Will and Danny on the second series of The Voice. I've heard there will be some important changes that will make what is already a good, strong show even better."
will.i.am said: "This season is gonna be doper than last year!!"
Jessie J said: "I'm so happy to be back as one of the original four for series two. It’s going to be even bigger and better this time and I can't wait. Bring it on."
Danny O’Donoghue said: “I can’t wait to start the search again for the hottest vocal talent in the UK. I had an amazing experience last time and from what i believe, this year’s gonna be bigger and better, already the level of singers auditioning has gone through the roof and I can’t wait for the rest of the UK to hear and enjoy all the undiscovered artists there are out there… Tom, Will, and Jessie… Bring it on guys!!”
Worldwide phenomenon The Voice is developed by Dutch media entrepreneur John de Mol’s company Talpa and produced for the BBC in close cooperation between Wall to Wall and Talpa.